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  1. The Catalan boat is a small lateen-rigged vessel used throughout the Mediterranean in various forms. This model is suppose to represent a typical 9-meter boat from the late 1800s. Photos, plans, and drawings of surviving and modern-day boats are being studied. Also, I was inspired by MSW member Javier Baron's construction methods for his fabulous models, and thought they would work well for this attempt. The false keel, which doubles as a construction frame and handle. Bulkheads will be attached at one small point at each station. Plywood bulkheads attached and braced with balsa blocks. Planking has begun with basswood. Since this is an open boat, the bulkheads are temporary. They are only needed for the planking process. The edges of the bulkheads were rubbed with beeswax to prevent glue (super glue) from adhering to the planks during planking. The planks are just glued to each other (and often my fingers). I used a bandsaw to cut away unwanted parts of the false keel. The bottom has been cut and sanded flush with the planking. The stern and stem posts will be cut away later, and all replaced with new parts. Feeling confident the super-glued planking will hold, I gently started removing the bulkheads after violently breaking the balsa spacers... The "cleaning"continues. Note the balsa "deadwood" at the ends of the boat. Unlike the bulkheads, the planks were glued to the deadwood. I noticed that balsa wood smokes when super glue hits it. That can't be good! All clean. Reminds me of a corn taco.... Seems very fragile! Sanded the interior a little and stained it. Now adding ribs made from heavy card stock (doubled, stained, and cut into strips). Keelson added... "Real" bulkheads and a floor added... The step plate for the mast is added... Benches added (stained basswood). Beginning the decking. Deck planks are being edged with black construction paper. Also a cardboard template was made with the proper sheer to use as a base for the deck construction. The decks on these boats have a lot of camber, hence the three formers. Deck planking started in the middle. The middle two planks will guide alignment, but will be cut later to make the opening in the deck. Viola! Shaped to fit... The underside... Pretty good fit... You will notice new stern and stem posts were added, as was the keel. These boats had extra keel-like structures called "escues" on either side of the keel, and parallel to it. The escues helped to balance and support the boats when the crew ran them up on the beach, to sell their catch. Installed a pulley for the mast... Since the hull of the boat will be painted, I thought I better prime it to ensure I sanded out all the blemishes. Adding the upper planking and wales. Next, on to the rail trim and false frame ribs...
  2. Just started a new boat project. After seeing a photo of a small Brazzera with two lateen masts on Veniceboats.com (http://www.veniceboats.com/brazzera.htm), I had to build one! I have not yet found much historical information about Brazerras rigged this way, but there are several plans for single masted boats available. My model will be fictional, based on the type. A ten meter boat was chosen based on the only photo I could find, from Veniceboats.com. The length of the boat was determined and scaled off the people in the photo, and a comparison to photos of a single masted, 9-meter Croatian boat, "Our Lady of the Sea". The "Our Lady of the Sea" is a modern replica of an 18th century boat. I place the photo of my model in the late 19th century, and plan to make it in Italian ownership (maybe a sponge fishing boat?)... Any info or feedback on Brazzeras, especially those rigged with two lateen masts, would be greatly appreciated!
  3. I present a new model, although it is true that with its already advanced construction process. As I made the hull using my usual technique, which I have shown on the forum several times, there is no photo of this part of the process. It should also be noted that the masts are only presented and are not final, neither because of their length nor because of the inclination with which they appear. And now, by way of introduction, a brief historical overview of this type of boat. Until the end of the 19th century, in the region of Port-Louis, in Brittany, coastal fishing for roe sardines practiced in good weather was supplemented by winter trawling of other larger species. This task was carried out with solid open boats, of about 10 m. in length and 2.80 m. wide, with a draft of 0.70 m. The winter sea conditions are harsh in these waters, which makes it very difficult to work in the open air on these open boats, which is why, in 1882, a boss from Lorient took the initiative to equip his boat with a temporary deck, which is armed against winter and disassembled in good weather. In turn, as coastal fishing became more and more scarce, fishermen went deeper and deeper into the open sea, and soon these removable deck boats began to be used for trawling in rougher waters, for which they did not present the adequate nautical characteristics. For this reason, in a short time the deck boats evolved, with a permanent deck, but they were made with the same shapes as the large open boats, retaining their main U-shaped section, but providing them with a planking above and solidly decked, fitted with a windlass and higher masts, so all the weight was added at the top and had to be balanced with ballast. But the maintenance of the main U-shaped section prevented placing this ballast (essential in a trawler) sufficiently low. In addition, the righting moment of a hull of this U-section has a high initial stability which decreases very quickly with pronounced angles of inclination, which makes these ships very sensitive high waves and sea blows. These decked boats, with an elegant appearance, showed that their nautical qualities were not adequate for the conditions of navigation on the high seas. Between 1891 and 1900, eleven of them were shipwrecked, resulting in the stoppage of their production and their replacement by small dundées, which prove to be much safer.
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